Diamondbacks announcer Mark Grace arrested for DUI

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Longtime Chicago Cubs first baseman and current Diamondbacks color guy Mark Grace was arrested in Scottsdale on Memorial Day, the Arizona Republic reports.

The report says the 46-year-old Grace was stopped after 1 a.m. on May 30 while weaving within his lane.  Grace didn’t have his wallet or license with him at the time of his arrest.  He admitted to “having a few drinks,” the police report said, and was arrested on suspicion of DUI.  Results of a blood test are pending.

Grace has continued to work Diamondbacks games for Fox Sports Arizona since the arrest.  He’s in his eighth season with the network.

Grace played 16 seasons with the Cubs and Diamondbacks from 1988-2003.  A three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glover, he hit .303/.383/.442 with 173 homers and 1,146 RBI over the course of his career.  He led the NL with 51 doubles in 1995.

Orioles designate Pedro Alvarez for assignment

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The Baltimore Orioles are terrible and going nowhere fast, so they decided to do some shuffling of the decks today.

One part of that was to called up catcher Caleb Joseph, which was the corresponding move to sending down Chance Sisco the other day. Joseph will now be big league teammates with brother Corban. Aww.

Another thing they did was to purchase the contract of Steve Wilkerson from Triple-A Norfolk. He’s a utility guy who has been swinging a hot bat after getting a late start to the season due to a 50-game drug suspension. Good for him, but that’s bad news for Pedro Alvarez, who was designated for assignment in the corresponding move.

Alvarez, 31, started the season well but has been atrocious for most of it. His line on the year is .180/.283/.414 with eight homers, but he’s been far worse than that for over a month. The 2013 NL home run champ will now go through waivers and, at the end of that process, likely have to choose between free agency or a trip to Norfolk. And, given that it’s the worst team in baseball sending him packing, there’s a good chance that it could be the end of the big league road for him.